The Word Among Us

October 2014 Issue

St. Teresa of Ávila

The Little Nun Who Could . . . and Did

St. Teresa of Ávila: The Little Nun Who Could . . . and Did

It isn’t often that a person’s birthday is celebrated for an entire year. But then, Teresa of Ávila was no ordinary person! Not only was she one of the giants of Spanish literature; she was a religious reformer, a mystic, and a pioneer in the spiritual life.

A small but powerful woman, Teresa had an outsized effect on the Church in her day, and her influence has only grown over time. Along with...

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